Mail Carriers Collecting and Donating Non Perishable Food with ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

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MUSKINGUM COUNTY, Ohio – The National Association of Letter Carriers or NALC will be hosting their annual ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive this Saturday.

For 30 years, letter carriers have worked to pick up non perishable items that residents provide.

Since the start of the event, over 1.82 billion pounds of food has been donated nationally.

George Walsh, a local city letter carrier says this event protects food pantries during this scarce time of year.

“This is a difficult time of year for food pantries. A lot of people give during the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas. So here we are halfway, we’re starting into the summer season, you’ve got a lot of children who are dealing with food insecurities. We have school programs that aren’t available for the summer and the food pantries rely upon these donations to help them through this difficult time of year,” Walsh said.

Everyone is encouraged to participate, with the process being made easy to the public.

“We make it as simple as we can for folks. All they need to do is take their nonperishable items. We have sent out bags, but they can put them in any kind of container, just leave them by their mailbox, its as simple as that. Everyone can contribute, any nonperishable food items. Their carrier throughout the day, as they are making their rounds like they do everyday, we’ll pick up those food items and return them to the office and it’ll be distributed to local food pantries,” he told us.

There are around 50 letter carriers in the city, with each and everyone participating to pick up food.

If you would like to drop off items prior, there are donation bins located inside of post offices.

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